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Bangladesh drawn with Thailand, Qatar and Uzbekistan

  • Published at 09:12 pm July 25th, 2018
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Following the Asian Games, the Bangladesh team will turn their attention to the Saff Championship 2018

Bangladesh have been pitted against Thailand, Uzbekistan and 2022 Fifa World Cup host Qatar in Group B as the draw for the 2018 Asian Games men’s football event took place at AFC House Wednesday. The men’s football event will be held from August 14 to September 1 in Jakarta and Palembang.

Host Indonesia were drawn in Group A with Hong Kong, Laos, Palestine and Chinese Taipei. 

Group C is perhaps the group of death comprising 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Iraq, China, Syria and unfancied Timor-Leste.

Group D pits seeded Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal against each other while reigning champion South Korea, led by Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, will defend their crown against Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Bahrain and the UAE in Group F. 

Group F contains 2014 Asian Games runners-up North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Myanmar.

The U-23 tournament, which allows each country to field three overage players, will see 26 teams vying for honours. The top two teams in each group, along with the four best third-placed sides, will advance to the Round of 16.

Following the Asian Games, the Bangladesh team will turn their attention to the Saff Championship 2018. Bangladesh will host the event.

After being drawn against Thailand, Uzbekistan and Qatar, Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day said, “It's a tough group but it's also an opportunity to see my players before the Saff Championship.

“The boys have been doing lots of hard work in the last three weeks with all the running and fitness work. There is a good mix of young and experienced players.”

Ahead of the Asian Games, the Bangladesh footballers underwent training camps at BKSP and Qatar. Prior to that, the men in red and green also held a camp in Thailand. In both their tours of Qatar and Thailand, the Bangladesh side took part in different practice matches against local opposition.